Birthday Parties at Sunset Zoo

Zoorific Party Packages

For Children Turning 2 Years & Up

A year of adventure begins with a Sunset Zoo birthday party. You bring the guests and the presents and let Sunset Zoo do the rest. 

Want to host a birthday party but not interested in a Zoorific party package? 

Book a Zoo event facility.

What's Included

Your host leads 24 party guests through a fun and educational animal-themed birthday party. Your party lasts 2 hours and includes:

  • Animal Painting Experience - enrichment keeps Zoo animals active and healthy; birthday party guests will observe a Zoo resident paint a masterpiece, and each of your guest will get to take home a piece of the art. Animal choices (limit 1): African Ball Python, Virginia Opossum, Guinea Pig.
  • Live Animal Encounter with one of the Zoo's educational animal ambassadors themed to connect with your Zoo tour.
  • Mini Guided Zoo Tour - choose between the Africa Forest Trail, the Americas, Australian Outback, or Expedition Asia.
  • Time to Open Presents - 15-20 minutes during the program to open presents brought by your guests.
  • Cupcakes & Drinks - Sunset Zoo works with Hy-Vee to provide your party 24 delicious cupcakes with buttercream frosting.  You get to choose from all the flavors offered by Hy-Vee.  Flavor availability may change, but options typically include vanilla, chocolate, carrot, lemon, and strawberry.  You also get to choose between fruit punch and lemonade drink flavors.
  • Party Supplies and Decor - up to 24 invitations and Zoo-themed decorations.


Party package for 24 guests (adults and/or children) costs $230 for non-members.  Friends of Sunset Zoo members receive a $25 discount. Additional guests are not allowed.

Availability & Reservations

Birthday parties are available year-round and based out of the Zoo's Nature Exploration Center (an indoor venue). Parties are scheduled from 10:00am - 12:00pm or 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Two week advance notice is required to schedule, dependent on availability. Advance payment is required to reserve a party date; this advance payment is a non-refundable deposit.

To inquire about a date,

contact Tammy Jones by emailing

or call 785-587-2737.

Overnight Zoorific Birthday Party

Celebrate your a special birthday with a Slumber Zzzoofari Party, an overnight adventure in the wild of Sunset Zoo, instead.

Behind the Scenes Experience

Looking for a unique, birthday party experience for smaller group or adult audience?  Check out our Behind the Scenes Experiences instead by clicking here.